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Poster: HektorT Date: Apr 16, 2010 11:54am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Copyright issues - showing a public domain film at event

This registration referenced above is not a renewal. Registration numbers of copyright renewals always begin with "RE". "PA" indicates a new claim. In this case you must look at the "Basis of Claim" which describes "all new cinematographic material". That means that the copyright claimant is registering a derivative work of this title.

However, the original 1961 version (originally released in Denmark by an All American creative team: not eligible for GATT restoration) is generally considered to be in the Public Domain and is even listed on the Wikipedia's (highly inaccurate) list of Public Domain films.